UK Press Complaints Commission upholds Hameed`s complaint

Karachi: Pakistan`s discarded Test player Yasir Hameed scored a moral victory over British tabloid `The News of the World`, which implicated him in the spot-fixing scandal last year, after the UK Press Complaint Commission upheld his complaint against it.

According to Yasir`s lawyer Umar Khayyam, the UK Press Complaint Commission has ordered the tabloid to take off from its website, a video and story about the Pakistan opener in which he was seen discussing the fall-out from the Lord`s spot-fixing scandal.

"The commission will release a detailed judgement soon but the NOW has been told to take all video and transcripts relating to the so-called interview with Yasir off their website immediately and that is a great moral victory for us," Khayyam said.

The commission found NOW guilty of misleading Yasir and recording his discussion with an undercover reporter who posed as a businessman.

"A formal apology could also come soon from the tabloid," one source added.

Hameed had lodged a formal complaint with the UK Press Complaint Commission against the famous tabloid in February.

Hameed, a right-hand opening batsman who last played for Pakistan during team`s tour to England in 2010, was the subject of a sting operation by the tabloid, in which he was seen discussing about the spot-fixing controversy hovering around Pakistan team and among other things.

Hameed said he was duped by the investigative reporter who came to him in a hotel in Nottingham claiming to be a representative of a global airline who wanted to talk about possible sponsorship deals.

The complaint by the player centered on four points of inaccurate reporting, a breach of privacy, misrepresentation of character and harassment.

PTI

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